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February 22, 2018

22 February, 2018

Oversight Enhanced - Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 175, Safer Ontario Act, 2017

Designing an effective and credible system of police oversight in Ontario has proved challenging. Since 1974, there have been dozens of cases in which the use of force by police – especially the use of lethal force on people in crisis – has raised profound questions about policing standards, training and accountability. As a result, there have been more than a dozen reviews and numerous recommendations for reform. Despite incremental improvements through the years, Ontario’s police oversight system has continued to attract criticism and undermine public confidence in policing. More recent incidents – like the fatal shootings of 19-year-old Sammy Yatim on an empty Toronto streetcar, and Andrew Loku at a Toronto residence for individuals living with mental challenges – have intensified calls for greater accountability and transparency in police oversight. When the government responded to these concerns by appointing Justice Michael Tulloch to lead yet another review of Ontario’s police oversight regime, I was cautiously optimistic about the prospect of meaningful change.

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February 1, 2018

1 February, 2018

Open Meetings - After 10 years, Ontario's "new era" of municipal transparency continues to evolve (Municipal World)

Ontario municipalities and its citizens are marking an important anniversary with the arrival of this new year. It has been exactly 10 years since they embarked upon what was heralded as a "new era" in municipal accountability - an era that is still evolving.

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November 27, 2017

27 November, 2017

Speaker's Corner: Making police accountable long overdue (Law Times)

There are many communities that have for years decried a crisis of confidence in Ontario police. The province’s much-anticipated new omnibus policing legislation, packaged as the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, appears to have been met with general optimism — perhaps as much a measure of the broad need and desire for change as it is of the bill itself.

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July 8, 2017

8 July, 2017

I’m here to help (Toronto Sun)

As Ontario’s ombudsman, my job is to make the government work better for you.

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May 31, 2017

31 May, 2017

Ombudsman Strategies for Getting to Yes and Beyond: Acceptance and Implementation of Recommendations

The role of an ombudsman is to promote accountability, transparency, and fairness in the public sector. This mandate is fulfilled by receiving citizens’ complaints about a branch of government or a public sector body, determining whether the complaint has merit, and if so, working collaboratively with stakeholders to get the problem resolved.

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May 15, 2017

15 May, 2017

Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities keynote speech

On May 11, 2017, Ontario Ombudsman, Paul Dubé, gave a keynote speech at the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities' 57th annual conference, in North Bay.

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April 11, 2017

11 April, 2017

Submission on Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017

On April 11, 2017, Ombudsman Paul Dubé made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act, 2017.

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March 23, 2017

23 March, 2017

Nowhere to Turn: Institutionalization by Default, Not Design

On March 23 2017, Ontario Ombudsman, Paul Dubé, presented to CAMH's Dual Diagnosis and the Forensic Mental Health System conference, in Toronto.

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January 31, 2017

31 January, 2017

Creating a complaints procedure in municipalities

On January 30, General Counsel Laura Pettigrew spoke at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association annual conference in Toronto, detailing the steps and best practices for creating a complaints resolution procedure.

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November 2, 2016

2 November, 2016

Open Government for a Fairer Society: SYT Keynote Address by Premier Kathleen Wynne

On October 25, 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to delegates at the Ontario Ombudsman's annual investigative course, Sharpening Your Teeth, in Toronto.

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October 27, 2016

27 October, 2016

Submission to the Independent Police Oversight Review

Since 1974, police oversight in Ontario has been the subject of more than a dozen reviews, generating hundreds of recommendations for reform. In response, successive governments have introduced legislative amendments aimed at enhancing independent oversight of police. However, finding the right balance between effective policing and public accountability has proven elusive. Today, Ontario’s oversight system continues to attract criticism that threatens to undermine public confidence in policing.

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September 21, 2016

21 September, 2016

Ombudsman Oversight of Municipalities: What to expect if the Ombudsman calls

On September 21 2016, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé spoke to delegates of the Association française des municipalités de l’Ontario during their 27th Annual Meeting, in Hearst.

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September 14, 2016

14 September, 2016

All you need to know if the Ombudsman calls

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé spoke at the Ontario East Municipal Conference in Kingston on September 14, discussing the Office's oversight of municipalities.

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August 18, 2016

18 August, 2016

A win-win-win: How the Ombudsman can help you

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé gave the keynote address at the Summer Leadership Conference for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation in Ottawa on August 18, discussing his Office's oversight of school boards and universities.

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July 25, 2016

25 July, 2016

Speaker's Corner: Police need more training on non-lethal force (Law Times)

Recently, it took just four minutes for David Orazietti, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to announce changes that will fundamentally affect law and order across the province.

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June 2, 2016

2 June, 2016

Ombudsman 101: Oversight of School Boards

On June 2, 2016, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé spoke to delegates of the Ontario College of Teachers during their Annual Meeting, in Toronto.​

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May 12, 2016

12 May, 2016

Sustainable Communities: The Northern Perspective

On May 12, 2016, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé spoke to delegates at the 56th Annual Conference of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, in Timmins.

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May 9, 2016

9 May, 2016

Written Submission to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services - Segregation

No matter what you call it – segregation, solitary confinement, isolation, or separation – the practice of confining inmates to a cell, alone, for 22 hours or more a day for prolonged periods has increasingly come under fire.

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May 6, 2016

6 May, 2016

Ombudsman Oversight: Are You Prepared?

On May 6, 2016, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé spoke to delegates at the 63rd annual Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference in Goderich.

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April 26, 2016

26 April, 2016

Bill 8 and Strengthening Municipal Accountability

On April 26, 2016, Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé spoke to Ontario's municipal integrity commissioners during the organization's spring meeting in Vaughan.

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April 6, 2016

6 April, 2016

What to expect when the Ombudsman calls - Opening remarks

On March 31, the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman hosted webinars for municipalities and school boards about what stakeholders can expect when the Ombudsman calls.

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March 23, 2016

23 March, 2016

Working in Partnership to Transform Public Services

On February 25, Steve Orsini, Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service, discussed the value of ombudsman oversight at a one-day forum about the expansion of the Ombudsman's oversight into municipalities and school boards.

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February 23, 2016

23 February, 2016

The Value of Ombudsman Oversight

On February 23, Acting Ombudsman Barbara Finlay discussed the value of Ombudsman oversight during the annual joint conference for the Ontario Good Roads Association and Rural Ontario Municipal Association in Toronto.

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January 15, 2016

15 January, 2016

Eight Simple Things to Know About Bill 8 and the Ombudsman’s New Oversight of Municipalities (Public Sector Digest)

Some 40 years after the first Ontario Ombudsman called for it – and 13 months after it was formally passed into law – municipalities in this province now come under the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman’s office. For the first time, Ontarians who have complaints related to municipal government have the same recourse to the independent, impartial services of their Ombudsman as they do when they have complaints about provincial government bodies.

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December 29, 2015

29 December, 2015

New year, new era for municipal oversight in Ontario (Municipal World)

On January 1, 2016, citizens of Ontario will finally be able to bring their municipal complaints to their provincial Ombudsman. For readers in B.C., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon, this won’t seem like news – their ombudsmen have long had jurisdiction over municipalities, dealing with complaints about everything from misuse of public funds to bylaw changes.

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September 24, 2015

24 September, 2015

Written Submission to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services - Carding

Whatever label you choose – street checks, community contacts, or carding  – the practice of police officers arbitrarily stopping individuals on the street, requesting personal identification and information, and maintaining a record of the encounter for possible future use, has increasingly come under scrutiny. Some police officials maintain that street checks may help solve and prevent crime, keeping communities safe and secure. However, critics condemn the practice as unconstitutional, discriminatory (it disproportionately impacts racialized and marginalized individuals), and destructive of community relations with and confidence in police.

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June 20, 2015

20 June, 2015

Andre Marin goes to school: Guest Commentary (The Toronto Sun)

Forgive me for saying this on the first day of summer, but some of us are already getting ready for back-to-school season.

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May 29, 2015

29 May, 2015

Speech to Ontario Association of Police Services Board

On May 29, 2015, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin spoke at the annual general meeting and spring conference for the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, in Toronto. He highlighted some of his office's work on police-related investigations, and emphasized the importance for robust police services boards.

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April 30, 2015

30 April, 2015

Ombudsman speaks to Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association

Ombudsman André Marin explained what his expanded oversight will mean for school boards at the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association business seminar on April 30. He emphasized that the Ombudsman's office should be the last resort, and that we will work with local complaint mechanisms to resolve issues.

L’Ombudsman André Marin a expliqué les répercussions de l’élargissement de sa surveillance pour les conseils scolaires, lors du colloque d’entreprises de l'Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association le 30 avril. Il a souligné que son Bureau devrait être un lieu de dernier recours et qu’il travaillera avec les mécanismes locaux de plainte pour régler les problèmes.

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April 21, 2015

21 April, 2015

Speech / Discours chez le Club Canadien Toronto

L’Ombudsman de l'Ontario André Marin a fait une présentation au Club Canadien de Toronto le 21 avril 2015.

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin presented to the Club Canadien Toronto on April 21, 2015.

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January 5, 2015

5 January, 2015

Bill 8 good news for Ontarians: Ombudsman Andre Marin (Toronto Sun)

The mood was festive at Queen’s Park when Bill 8, the MPP and Public Sector Accountability and Transparency Act was passed Dec. 9.

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January 5, 2015

5 January, 2015

Marin: Public officials not obliged to be abused on Twitter (London Free Press)

Prof. Erika Simpson, in the Dec. 20 Forum Public pay, public scrutiny, raises some serious issues in writing about her Western University colleague Andrew Sancton, who was aggrieved when I temporarily blocked him on Twitter.

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May 24, 2014

24 May, 2014

Civilian Oversight: Use It or Lose It

Speech by André Marin, Ombudsman of Ontario, to the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, Spring Conference, May 24, 2014.

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April 26, 2010

26 April, 2010

From A Vast Injustice to A Vast Improvement

Address by André Marin, Ombudsman of Ontario, at the Healthcare Leaders Innovation and Policy Forum, Catastrophic Drug Coverage – Key Recommendations, Toronto.

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